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Angel from the Lid of an Incense Boat

Date:
ca. 1325–50
Geography:
Made in Siena, Italy
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Gilded copper, champlevé enamel
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 9/16 x 3 9/16 x 1 in. (9.1 x 9 x 2.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Gift of Brimo de Laroussilhe, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.316
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 306
This image of the angel Gabriel—appearing to the Virgin Mary to announce that she will become the mother of Jesus—once decorated the lid of a boat-shaped vessel used to hold incense. Reversing the standard color scheme of manuscript illumination, the heavenly image of Gabriel is golden, while blue is reserved for highlights and the background.
Neil F. Philips, New York (sold 1998); sale, Christie's, New York, January 28, 1998, lot 14); [ Brimo de Laroussilhe, Paris (sold 2005)]
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